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Booze Too Slow For Teens

Source: On News Now
Date: December 22, 2011

A Christian psychologist blames a quick-fix society for statistics that show more teens are turning to marijuana to get away from their problems.

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that more teens are smoking pot and see it as less of a risk while at the same time alcohol use among the same age group is dropping to historic lows.  Dr. Karl Benzio, founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network, a Christian-based addiction and mental health referral program, tells OneNewsNow that alcohol delivers its effect too slowly for teens in what he describes as a “microwave generation.”

“Something like marijuana, you can get a good high in about 3-5 minutes; drinking alcohol takes a lot longer to get a high,” Benzio explains.  “Taking pain pills from your grandparents’/parents’ medicine cabinet, you can get a good high in about 15 or 20 minutes.”

The Lighthouse spokesman says a teen tends not to think about consequences down the road. He describes this teen mentality: “Right now I got some problems and situations I just want to escape and get rid of and exercise from or soothe immediately [and] then whatever’s at my fingertips — whether that’s texting, whether that’s a joint to get high, whether that’s pornography — I’m going to use that right now.”

He contends the best things parents can do for their children to help prevent them from using drugs are to spend time with them and show them respect.